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Jemison passes $3.5 million budget

The Jemison City Council on Monday passed a balanced budget of about $3.5 million for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The city is anticipating revenues totaling $3,537,008 in the new fiscal year, compared to the previous budget’s revenue of $3.4 million.

Jemison Mayor Eddie Reed said during the meeting there is a projected surplus of about $160,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.

Reed said he was proud of the work done on the budget this year, and told council members it would be important to stay on top of the budget by meeting monthly and quarterly to discuss everything.

“We just need to make sure we stay within line items,” Reed said.

The 2015-2016 budget was a slight increase from the 2014-2015 budget the council passed in October 2014.

In October 2013, the council passed a budget of about $3.4 million with a projected surplus of $86,935.

The council also voted to appoint county engineer Tony Wearren as the city engineer for the County Road 42 resurfacing project.

The Chilton County Commission approved on Sept. 28 to allow Wearren to enter into an agreement with the city of Jemison for inspection of their ATRIP resurfacing project on County Road 42. The cost of the inspection would be $27.82 an hour on site and $33.25 an hour for office work. Wearren told commissioners during the Sept. 28 meeting that the work done on the project would not interfere with county projects.

Reed thanked the commission for allowing Wearren to serve as the engineer.

“Right now, we have done all we can do for the project,” Reed said. “We are simply waiting on the state. We are just going to continue patching the road when it rains, which costs our city $2,000 each time. It is very frustrating, but we have done all that we can do.”

The project was let out for contract Aug. 28. The resurfacing project, a state-approved project, was originally scheduled to be let out for contract by the last week of May.

Chilton County-based Chilton Contractors was the company who received the bid for the project.

Delays with obtaining a right-of-way prompted plans for the project to be postponed.

The resurfacing project will be allowed 90 workings days to complete the project, according to an ALDOT representative.

The length of the project is 4.341 miles.

Reed said on Monday the city does not know when the project will begin, but hopes it will be soon.

“Right now, we are just waiting,” Reed said.

The council also voted to pay all necessary bills.